The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939

Book Reviews

He served nearly eight years as Vice-President, but without dis-
tinction.
Spaulding, like most biographers, is sympathetic toward his
subject, but he does not fail to indicate Clinton's foibles. His
failure to appreciate national interests, lack of Republican philos-
ophy, strong fondness for his account books, and land speculation
are some of the weaker sides of Clinton's character.
J. L. WALLER.
College of Mines and Metallurgy.
The Territorial Papers of the United States, Vol. VI, The Terri-
tory of Mississippi, 1809-1817. Compiled and edited by
Clarence E. Carter. (Washington: Government Printing
Office, 1938. Pp. v, 893. $1.50.)
This is the second volume of the series whose contents are
devoted to a compilation of the documents dealing with the
Mississippi Territory. The period covered extends from the ap-
pointment of David Holmes as governor in June, 1809, down to
the admission of the territory as a state in the Union in Decem-
ber, 1817. Incidentally, Holmes was governor throughout the
nine years save for the short ad interim administration of Henry
Daingerfield from October, 1811, to June, 1812. The same rigid
restriction employed in the first volume of the Mississippi series
upon types of documents thought worthy of reproduction has been
observed; the same useful footnotes rich in bibliographical notices
and data relative to persons represented are included. The omis-
sions discoverable through the medium of the footnotes intrigue the
reader with the wealth of unused material still available for the
research student in the federal repositories in Washington.
Despite the strictures upon the type of documents included here,
this volume does not fail to fill a much needed gap in the printed
sources of Mississippi territorial history. Much colorful matter
relating to three phases of frontier doings has been included:
namely, the establishment of land claims, the relation between the
settlers and the revolution in West Florida, and the first rejection
of proffered statehood and the final organization of the territory
into a state.
The conflict of jurisdiction in Mississippi between the Spaniards

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101107/. Accessed July 12, 2014.